Burne, McNitt nominated for America East Woman and Man of the Year
May 7, 2014
Cambridge, Mass. – Seniors Olivia Burne of the women’s cross country and track and field teams and Brandon McNitt of the Stony Brook baseball team have been nominated for America East Man and Woman of the Year, respectively.
A champion runner and scholar athlete, Burne claimed an individual conference title in each of the last America East championship meets of her collegiate career. After winning the 1,500-meters at the 2013 America East Outdoor Championships, she secured crowns in cross country (2013), the indoor 1,000-meters (2013-14) and outdoor 1,500-meters (2014).
The Palmerston North, New Zealand native capped her stellar 2013-14 indoor season with a trip to the NCAAs to compete in the mile and was named second-team All-America. She collected America East Scholar-Athlete accolades in cross country in 2013 and 2014 and indoor track in 2013-14. Burne, who holds a 3.84 GPA in journalism, earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors in cross country for the second consecutive year and placed on the America East All-Academic teams for cross country and indoor track.
McNitt, who has a 3.38 grade-point average (GPA) in biology (developmental genetics) and hails from Chino Hills, Cali., was a member of the 2012 squad that shocked the world and advanced to the College World Series. He sits third in school history in earned run average (2.86) among pitchers with a minimum of 50 innings and has produced a 23-14 record over four seasons.
A two-time all-conference pick, McNitt was named America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year last year and was the league’s Rookie of the Year and a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in 2011. He has been named to the America East All-Academic team every season and was first team District I Capital One/CoSIDA Academic in 2012.
To be nominated, student-athletes must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2014 spring season or received an undergraduate degree prior to the conclusion of the summer 2014 term and have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.500 (4.000 scale).
The nominees will be narrowed down to three finalists on Tuesday, May 20 via a release on the conference web site with the winners being announced at the conference’s Annual Meeting in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire on Tuesday, June 3.
The America East Woman of the Year will then be forwarded to the NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee. The selection committee will select the top 10 winners in each NCAA division (I, II and III). From among those 30 honorees, the selection committee will determine the top three in each division. Finally, the members of the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics (CWA) will vote from among the top nine to determine the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year.